Welcome to New York 2014

Directed by Abel Ferrara World

The director of The Bad Lieutenant teams up with the fearless Gerard Dépardieu for the best, most inflammatory film either has made in years, a lurid tale of excess and obsession inspired by the downfall of Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Jul 24

Academy Cinema

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Jul 27

The Civic Theatre

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Aug 01

Academy Cinema

In Your Wishlist
France/United States In English and French with English subtitles
125 minutes DCP
R18 (sex scenes, sexual violence)

Director

Producer

Adam Folk

Screenplay

Chris Zois
,
Abel Ferrara

Photography

Ken Kelsch

Editor

Anthony Redman

Production designer

Graham Wichman

Costume designer

Ciera Wells

With

Gérard Depardieu (Devereaux)
,
Jacqueline Bisset (Simone Devereaux)
,
Marie Mouté (Sophie Devereaux)
,
Pamela Afesi (chambermaid)
,
Nikki James (judge)
,
Paul Calderon (Pierre)
,
Paul Hipp (Guy)
,
Shanyn Leigh (French journalist)
,
Amy Ferguson (Renée)

Elsewhere

“The career-imploding misadventures of former IMF chief (and presumptive French presidential candidate) Dominique Strauss-Kahn get filtered through the uniquely lurid prism of director Abel Ferrara in Welcome to New York, a bluntly powerful provocation that begins as a kind of tabloid melodrama and gradually evolves into a fraught study of addiction, narcissism and the lava flow of capitalist privilege…

Although Ferrara and co-screenwriter Chris Zois have changed the characters’ names — more to protect themselves than anyone’s supposed innocence — and tacked on a lengthy pre-film disclaimer, Welcome to New York leaves few doubts about what the filmmakers think really happened on the morning of 14 May 2011, when Strauss-Kahn allegedly forced himself sexually on Guinean housekeeper Nafissatou Diallo in Manhattan’s Sofitel Hotel….

Ferrara is no stranger to drawing great, uninhibited, end-of-tether performances from his actors, especially Christopher Walken (in King of New York) and Harvey Keitel (in Bad Lieutenant and Dangerous Game), and he does much the same with the embattled French star Gérard Depardieu, who’s been more notable in recent years for his own headline-grabbing airplane antics and bid for Russian citizenship than for anything he’s done onscreen. But Depardieu is remarkable here… he charges brazenly into whatever breach Ferrara demands of him …Jacqueline Bisset [as his billionaire wife]… more than holds her own against Depardieu.” — Scott Foundas, Variety